We all know older people who need to downsize. They need to move to a safer, smaller place without stairs, without square footage beyond their ability to clean, and without needed repairs they no longer have the strength to do. But they can’t. They are frozen in place by their stacks of magazines, dish sets for twelve, rows of encyclopedias that no one will ever use, decades’ worth of winter clothes and mittens, years’ accumulation of. . . well, you get the idea. After my last visit to help one particular couple during a medical crisis, my husband and I looked at each other and said, “We will NOT be caught in that position. We will start our downsizing now so we’ll be able to move to a safer place if and when needed.” Our first step toward downsizing? Decluttering in manageable chunks of time and energy.
Decluttering our glassware was on my to-do list today. I took the worst box out of the closet, filled it with glass we didn’t need (like old vases from flower deliveries, empty candle holders I’ll never refill, souvenir glasses whose logos are half worn off, etc.). When filled, this box went in the trunk of the car for the next trip to the recycle center. Some neighborhoods are lucky enough to have curbside recycling, but we live in sort of a rural area, so I recycle about once a month. Why did I take the worst box out of the closet? Because I can recycle it, too, and not miss a beat up, old box.
What I dreaded would be a 30 minute chore involving climbing on the counter tops ended up being a 5 minute chore with just one instance when I had to drag a stool out to reach a top shelf. It was rather easy, and now the shelves look more organized–I should have done this chore months ago!
Make this day even better. Consider:
- Join me on this
30-minute5-minute glassware decluttering chore. Then step back and admire your newly organized shelf. If you have white glass like I do, just a heads up: some places don’t recycle white glass. Can’t find a box? Use a grocery bag instead.